Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Take a look at our Venice trip itinerary builder tool to schedule your visit to Torcello Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This island doesn't have much it has a very old church and bell tower you can't get lost in this island because there is only one road. If you're visiting this island avoid the first coffee shop it's ...  more »
  • Torcello to me was very errie The island is nearly deserted. There are about 40 people that live on this island. Due to Malaria back in the 1500's it's trying to come back. There is Santa Maria church...  more »
  • Why visit Torcello? If you ask around, nobody will tell you never to go there, no one will speak particularly well, much better than a trip to Murano Burano, Torcello, but for heaven's sake, don't. Torcello is an island surrounded by silence and solitude, which is approximately a half hour boat ride from Venice. Still, here stands the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, beautiful, built in 639 ad, which houses the most important cycle of mosaics made in Northern Italy between the 11th and 13th centuries. There is a beautiful bell tower that once served as a reference to anyone who was sailing in the lagoon. And there is another Church in the Byzantine style built around the tomb of Santa Fosca, martyred for his conversion to Christianity. Torcello, then, after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, for a long time was economic and religious power as opposed to Venice. But, with the revival of the flourishing maritime trade, the Serenissima returned powerfully in auge, relegating Torcello increasingly on the margins of history to oblivion.
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  • A very beautiful island. You can find ancient roman remains here. It also has few restaurants.
  • A small island village near venice, walk and enjoy your journey 🚶
  • One of the best island in venice, a must visit place
  • Nice quit island. Good place for short walk and something to drink or lunch.
  • This is where Venice began. Now a very quiet, serene island with the oldest church on the Lagoon and a handful of restaurants and hotel rooms.

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